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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD 80 Diesel

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This picture is a 1955 version of the John Deere 80. The tractor was produced for only two years, 1955 and 1956.

JD 80 Diesel Tractor

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Curtis wrote on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have a 56 JD 80. I started it up and moved it. I turned it off. When I went to turn it back on it just clicks acting like it does not get any juice. I am stumped how it worked fine then after 2 hours nothing. Any help would help
    Neil wrote on Friday, October 12, 2012 (PDT):
  • I am looking for my dads original JD 80. serial # 8000771 If you can locate it for me I would greatly appreciate it. would even consider a reward. Thanks Neil
    Mark wrote on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (PDT):
  • 4 spoke and 3 spoke 80s for sale 204 239-4784 Canada
    John wrote on Saturday, March 24, 2012 (PDT):
  • Looking for a John Deere 80. Running condition. Grew up running one. Like to rebuild one for dad. Please email me with any comments or if u know of anyone who has one.
    Hal wrote on Thursday, December 01, 2011 (PST):
  • Anyone have the paint codes for the JD80 green and yellow Thanks
    Brad wrote on Friday, April 08, 2011 (PDT):
  • One year while chisel plowing with our 5010 the tractor went down to the axles in the low part of the field. The only hope we had of getting it out was to fire up the old 1956 80 which already had bad rings and waiting for a repair. She started up reluctantly, smoked pretty badly and limped out to the field and dragged the very heavy, mud bogged 5010 out of the mire. Very impressive old girl! We still have it and love it, she has the rare fender extensions and the loaded 23.1 X 26 rears. A beast.
    Robert Speichinger wrote on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (PDT):
  • I an looking for a JD 80 to buy. If anyone has one please let me know. thanks
    John wrote on Monday, September 07, 2009 (PDT):
  • Harv, May be interested in your 80 s. Please send me an email jd2mn at
    Chris Davis wrote on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 (PDT):
  • Give me a call Harv 417-770-2131. or anyone else with a 80 that needs repaired for sale. Thanks
    Harv wrote on Monday, July 27, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have about 15 old John Deer tractors, 80s ARs, a Case 1070, a Minneapolis G1000, from an estate. Most don t run and have sat outside for years. What do they go for Also an old Case 1010 combine, and a couple of IH combines. Any help would be appreciated.
    Rod Koberstein wrote on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 (PDT):
  • I talked about my 80 in this forum in Jan. 2001. I just revisited this site and see that Kirk Flammang owns an 80 serial number 1816. My tractor came from the Cheyenne, Wyo. area his from Kimball Ne. and mine.was set up with the same options as Kirks. Dual remotes, Factory cab, power steering and no pto. The serial number of my 80 is 1814. They probably came down the assembly line with one tractor in between them. I wonder if serial #1815 is equipped the same way. Thanks Rod K.
    Roger ;Pierce wrote on Sunday, July 20, 2008 (PDT):
  • Kirk Flammang, I am interested in visiting about your john deere 80 . I hope you still have it. Please email me with pictures and condition. Thanks for reading my message. Can t wait to hear from you.
    dennis krumvieda wrote on Thursday, May 29, 2008 (PDT):
  • will parts off a 80 jd work on a R jd,looking for a exhaust manifold and fenders
    Cory Staniford wrote on Thursday, April 24, 2008 (PDT):
  • i have this tractor and i like it, it does good in the fields
    Dumas Dee Walker wrote on Friday, March 21, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have a completely rebuilt motor for a John Deere 80
    Gary Ford wrote on Sunday, February 17, 2008 (PST):
  • Kevin I m looking for a 80 that needs to be restored for a father and son project Thanks
    Kevin Lenfant wrote on Thursday, January 31, 2008 (PST):
  • Have 80 in rough shape but runs with a pull. Looking to sell. Located north of Clearbrook Minnesota. Need input as to what this might be worth in present condition.
    Randy Welsh wrote on Monday, December 10, 2007 (PST):
  • I would like to know where I could get parts for a 1956 John Deere 80 pony motor. I need to rebuild the pony motor. Thanks.
    Matt Borden wrote on Thursday, March 08, 2007 (PST):
  • john deere 80 please call 218 765 3397
    Matt Borden wrote on Thursday, March 08, 2007 (PST):
  • I would like to purchase a john deere 80 need not run but would prefere it to will pay market value
    Penny Coggins wrote on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a John Deere 80, that is for sale,it has been completely restored and in very good condition. After it was restored the tractor has only has been used to show.
    John Blatz wrote on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have 2 '80's 1 very good the other a little rough.Such a good ,hard working tractor.Expensive to restore,but well worth the expense.
    Daryl Gary wrote on Friday, April 08, 2005 (PDT):
  • My father had a 80 John Deere tractor when I was growing up and it was my favorite tractor, I would like to find an 80 john deere tractor. thank you daryl
    Andy wrote on Thursday, September 16, 2004 (PDT):
  • please email me about 80
    Andy wrote on Thursday, September 16, 2004 (PDT):
  • Im looking for JD 80 prefer running condition
    George wrote on Friday, July 30, 2004 (PDT):
  • Looking for a JD 80. Any condition.
    Jeff Hofmann wrote on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 (PST):
  • I have an 80 JD. It is a 1956 model. We put a straight pipe on it and it is really loud. My home town has a tractor pull every year and the last 3 years it took 1st place. This last year the 80 got upset when our 830 D electric start beat him out.
    James Phillips wrote on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 (PST):
  • My brother has a side hobby/business bying fixing painting selling and custome repair old JD tractors.Mostly 720 730 820 830 diesels but he has ran quite a fiew other modles throu the barn.
    Dave Sandin wrote on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a john deere model 80 for sale,it is in good original condition exept it has a yellow stripe like an 820.
    odis fuller wrote on Saturday, June 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • I nave purchased a model 80 and looking for the serial number. Can anyone tell me where the number is located. thank you
    Aubie Pearman wrote on Sunday, May 11, 2003 (PDT):
  • Looking for a 80 Diesel. Please email or call 662 401 8331 Aubie
    tyler hissong wrote on Saturday, April 19, 2003 (PDT):
  • my uncle has a 80 diesel.Every time he pulls he gets first.when he first let me ride it i pushed the clutch in to fast and boy did that baby jump!I flow ooff so my unclehad to go running after it.
    Shawn Heffernan wrote on Thursday, March 27, 2003 (PST):
  • Looking for a JD 80 or 820. Thanks
    Richard Lussier wrote on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 (PST):
  • I have J.D. 80 - 1956= S.N. 8002855. Very nice,easy starting,excellent condition,engine full restoration,pony motor is good, FOR SALE,Québec,Canada,info at
    joe wrote on Saturday, March 08, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a 56-80 not for sale. How many of these were made 55 and 56 total? thanks
    Dave wrote on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 (PST):
  • looking for a JD 80 running condition - resonable - trailer is hooked up and I'm ready to travel
    Michael Aydt wrote on Monday, January 06, 2003 (PST):
  • I am looking a for a 80 to and to my series of tractors. I am form Minnesota and would be willing to travel to close states and pay a descent price.
    Kent wrote on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 (PST):
  • My dad has a JD 80. It is in fair shape, but has not run for a few years. He was wondering what the fair market value of it is, as he has been offered $3000 CDN for it (Saskatchewan). If you are familiar with this, please contact me. Thanks.
    hardscrabble wrote on Monday, December 09, 2002 (PST):
  • My dad's last tractor was an 80, which I traded for an IH 1066. The 65 "horses" the 80 had must have been Clydesdales, because that beast was almost unstoppable. I once had 2 10' Moline oneways hooked to it, and it pulled them, even bringing the front wheels off the ground going uphill. For all that power it should have had a heavier drive train.
    Dan Schneider wrote on Friday, November 15, 2002 (PST):
  • I'm looking for a JD 80 to add to our collection. My son and I have been looking for a long time. We have come across a few but most of the time they are either junk or misleading. WE don't mine paying a fair price, but we like an honest tractor.
    Bob Filbrun wrote on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a 1956 JD 80 with power steering & dual remotes that I would like to sell. I use it weekly during the season to run my irrigation at our nursery. I also plowed with it this spring and it was a real champ. I have both manuals and also 1 set of filters for it. The sheet metal is also in good condition. (Can email photo at your request)Dayton, Ohio $6500
    Larry O'Melay wrote on Friday, March 22, 2002 (PST):
  • I have an 80 diesel that I was planning to restore. I had a heart transplant the 8th of July,2001, This year I am going to restore it seeing I have my health back. Good reason to get well,don't you think?
    mikr wrote on Tuesday, September 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a 1957 820 for runs real good,both moters run good, Will take $6500 for it. Located in central Indiana.
    JF van Wyk wrote on Saturday, July 14, 2001 (PDT):
  • We want a john deere 80 for our collection.
    Kelly Beck wrote on Monday, May 07, 2001 (PDT):
  • I grew up on an 80 in North Dakota. Before I was big enough to even pull the clutch, dad would get me started and jump off. I'd hit the throttle and be gone. I'd like a dollar for every mile of furrow we covered together. We'd pull the same load as the 4020, all day long and burn half the fuel - great tractor, wish I had it now. The man who got ours won't sell. Dad hooked a 6 volt lantern battery together with the tractor's battery and we could power a 12v tractor radio. They could hear us singing for miles. Swing by Grandma's garden and fill your pockets with onion tops and rhubarb - enough cud to chew for a long time.
    Mark Finnimore wrote on Sunday, March 25, 2001 (PST):
  • I am looking to purchase a model 80 for full restoration or even one that has already been gone over...I am located in Ontario Canada but will drive to U.S. for right tractor...these are the greatest tractor ever for easy starting and versatility.
    Nick wrote on Monday, December 11, 2000 (PST):
  • I grew up on JD two cylinders, on a small dairy farm here in Michigan. The last tractor that my father bought was a 70 diesel, that must have been back around 1975. I can remember lugging that diesel down long enough to make the muffler glow red. The tractor is still on the farm. I would like to get an idea of what it is worth. It is in fair condition, has been kept inside but has not run for approximately 10 years. Sheet metal is in good shape, has a mechanical problem with the steering. Pony motor ran as of 10 or so years ago. Would really appriciate any info on what a fair market price would be.
    Larry wrote on Friday, September 01, 2000 (PDT):
  • I just bought a 55 John Deere 70 Diesel. Looking for the injector pumps. One is stuck and not repairable. Would like both but one is ok. 70, 80, 730, and 830 pumps will work.
    Greg hammond wrote on Friday, July 28, 2000 (PDT):
  • Me and my dad own one of these bad boys. Let me tell you, there easy to start in the winter. the pony gas engine was the best idea to help with the winter starts Greg Hammond
    Cornelius wrote on Monday, June 26, 2000 (PDT):
  • My dad has one of these 80 JohnDeere tractors, we use it every summer. We love the easy starting, and the power is equal to that of 4020 John Deere, We have even started this tractor at 10 degrees below zero without any block heater or flame thrower. Only problem is the starting engine, we are going to attempt to convert it to electric start.
    Mark wrote on Saturday, June 24, 2000 (PDT):
  • Brendon, sounds like you have a fuel system problem with your R. I also have an R and an 80. I changed filters and sediment filter on my 80 and had fuel back primed in about 5 seconds (literally) with the pony running. One time I even forgot to turn the fuel on on the diesel when I started it...when it started to sputter I jumped off and turned it back on and the engine IMMEDIATELY jumped back to life. Maybe I'm just lucky.....Anyway..these are wonderful tractors...lot of fun to drive!
    Brendon wrote on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have an 51 R, which the 80 replaced, excellent tractor, The reason they start so easily is so long as the fuel system has not lost its prime, there is fuel at the injectors ready to go, all you have to do is hit a power stoke and away she goes. But, DO NOT run any of those 2 cyl diesels out of fuel, I know, I did it to mine. It took 10 tankes of fuel on the pony motor and constant bleading of the fuel system to make her run again. I almost had to take the valve cover off and crack the lines at the injectors to get the air out of the system. They are a pain to start after you change the fuel filters or run em out of fuel.
    Brad Peters wrote on Sunday, June 11, 2000 (PDT):
  • We have an 80 and that is so neat stuff. Can any one tell me why they start so easy. Beacuse we had it in the shed not started for 5 years and I hit the clutch when he was pulling me and it poped in about 5 Feet.
    Mike Meck wrote on Tuesday, May 09, 2000 (PDT):
  • My Dad passed away last month and he truly loved his JD 80. It is in excellent condition and I believe Mom is going to want to sell it . I can scan a picture of it to anyone that is interested.
    Hendrik wrote on Monday, February 14, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 80 in my collection. She is in good running order. Sorry not for sale.
    dawna_58 wrote on Sunday, January 23, 2000 (PST):
  • i have a johndeere tractor with a detroit diesel need more information
    jason henk wrote on Saturday, January 15, 2000 (PST):
  • I am looking for a john deere 80 for sale good shape or bad my father and I have allways wanted one to run are sawmill we like the 80 becuse of the wide fly wheel
    Shane Wetherell wrote on Friday, January 07, 2000 (PST):
  • 80's are great. We have the whole collection 40-70 but are lacking an 80. A nice one can run anywhere from 6 to 8 thousand. I think they are a great workhorse. Just like to hear them run the baker fan.
    Glenn Joel wrote on Tuesday, December 07, 1999 (PST):
  • I have one serial no. is 4 i/m doing the diesel motor now. Ihope to use it this spring.I farm with a model ""R"" now.I think these tractors are great.
    Alan D. Baldwin wrote on Sunday, September 12, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have an 8o that I would like to sell would like to know what the going price is on this unit the ser. nu. is 626. i would appreciate it if someone could give me an idea what it is worth.
    Arlen Wahl wrote on Friday, July 09, 1999 (PDT):
  • The 80 does have the sound of other diesels, sort of a knock, the sound is unique, ours is very snappy, the lugging power is great, it will lug down with a puff of black smoke with every pop. It at times blow smoke rings when pulling hard.
    Philip wrote on Monday, July 05, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have always been wondering. Does the engine in the 80 sound any different from a normal two-cylinder because of it's diesel?
    arlen wahl wrote on Monday, June 28, 1999 (PDT):
  • we have one, bought it in 1973 in north dakota. used it for 20 years. pulled 4 16" breaking sod used 2 gals per hour. starting motor not working, pulled to start only went 10 ft, was running. we pulled out a jd "a" with a loader on it.the tractor and loader had been in the mud for 2 weeks, the 80 dragged it out with little effort, after not being used for several years to any extent. it is a joy to listen it run. the front end bounces with every pop. it is not for sale too many great memories attached.

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